In the Nursery as the Doctors and Nurses checked out every inch of our baby they found something that wasn’t quite right. He has Hypospadias. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Hypospadias is a relatively common congenital (present from birth) defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside, rather than at the end, of the penis.” It occurs in 1 our of 350 male births. (While googling hypospadias to make sure I was spelling it right I also saw 1 in 100 and 1 in 200 as statistics).
When he was 3 weeks old we took our baby to a Pediatric Urologist, who told us that this condition is easily fixed, but would take surgery. During the surgery our baby would need to be put under General Anesthesia. Tiny Baby Lungs just are not ready for Anesthesia, slightly larger 6 month old lungs are. We were told that we would want to have the surgery prior to his first birthday so as to take advantage of babies short memory. We decided that we would have the surgery in January so that we could have a new year of flexible spending money i.e. so we could budget for the hit to the wallet we would take.
So now, here we are in January, my sweet little boy is going to have surgery next week. I won’t say that I am not scared, because I am. I know that they do this kind of surgery every day, that our doctor has preformed hundreds of them. But this is my Son, and he has never had surgery. The most he has ever had is shots! On top of that, I am of the opinion, that my baby is very smart. He is inquisitive. He seems to understand things. He knows where I am and wants to be near me (it melts my heart).How am I going to let him go with strangers, (strangers with knives?), he is going to be scared, he is going to need me.
I have been trying to do all that I can to prepare him, and I have been asking anyone I know with medical training what they think I should do. We have been playing with surgical masks- so that he knows that they are not scary, that people wearing masks can be fun. Hopefully the Angels he likes to talk to in the early hours of the morning will come to the hospital with us and keep him company while he waits for his surgery.
We actually might have to postpone the surgery. For the past few days the baby has had a cough and a runny nose, and last night he had a fever of 101.2. This morning he was fine at 98.6, and the nurse at this doctors office told us to watch him and see how he feels later today,(luckily our doctor is on call tomorrow if we need him). His fever has come back, not quite as high, 100.2 at 10 AM and 99.6 at Noon. He is playing and acting like his sweet normal self- as this picture I just took can prove.